Oh this is complete crap, Travis, and I agree that a rant is called for. This isn't so much true censorship as it is publishers engaging in market protectionism disguised as censorship. I don't like to slag other authors but E.L. James should be censored for sucking and any site that doesn't carry better written books like yours is losing my business.
Travis, I don't write erotica, but am totally supportive of your issue here. It's one thing for a bookseller to carefully remove individual offending products as you mentioned above, but a sweep of indie writers in erotica is not only insulting, but the slippery slope of censorship and, as Leigha said, market protectionism. Let us fellow ASMSGers know what we can do to help.
Such hypocrisy! I knew they would eventually have a witch hunt over this. It's bad enough that erotic romance and erotica writers are discriminated against by book promotion sites, but now the publishers are getting in on it, too. This makes me sick!
Oh - My - God! What is wrong with these people?????? If people don't like erotica no-one is forcing them to buy it! Well obviously Travis people just don't have sex in other countries... You rant away mate <3
There's a petition over at Change.org you might be interested in. I also blogged about it very briefly on The Masquerade Crew. Here's a link to the petition.http://www.change.org/petitions/amazon-barnes-and-noble-kobo-leave-our-self-published-and-or-indie-authors-alone
Erotic authors are often discriminated against, often by other authors. This is just another slap in the face to an entire group of authors--self-published erotica authors. It's very disturbing. I really appreciate your post because I'd never considered who stood to profit from the mass removal of self-published erotic books.
It is an unfortunate first wave against self-published writers in general. Big publishing houses are finding themselves increasingly unable to fight against the growing independent market fueled by individual writers' flexibility and extreme-competitive-pricing. Additionally, it is hard for them to justify higher prices when their quality doesn't prove itself against the onslaught.For them, it probably seems simple to rail against a particular market using "morality" as their battle-cry. But oh so often their morality reeks of hypocrisy at best.This is a great write-up. Though I am not an romance/erotica writer or reader, I certainly empathize with what is going on and do not agree under any circumstances that it should continue. It is an open marketplace and should remain so no matter the "content."Keep up the fight. I know I'll be.
It would be one thing if they just removed erotica, but Kobo and WH Smith removed ALL books by indie and small publishers. Kobo says they are going to vet the books and put the ones that meet their TOS back. If they couldn't filter out the offending books in the first place, how long will it take them to filter hundreds of thousands of titles?The online retailers have turned a blind eye to porn because they were making money on it. Now that they've been called out, they're over reacting.
Very well reasoned, I agree with all those points. It's not just erotica though, I had 8 books at Kobo, only 2 of which were erotica and they've all been removed. They just want to get rid of self-publishers and are using the porn scare as an excuse. Even if Kobo do reinstate my books, I won't be linking to them. There are some books I don't want to read (sparkly vampires come to mind) but it's not up to me to decide what other people can or cannot read. Adults should be allowed to read/buy adult content if they wish.
I consider myself "Self Published" but my book is still there. The reason I believe is becaue it wasn't published by amazon, smashwords etc. I actually went through a publisher. The kind you like to call Vanity. I think that is why they are still there. That is the reason for 50 Shades too. She went through a vanity pub the first time. So the question is...who is trying to put selfpublishing organizations out of business at least in the Erotica category?This whole thing stinks bigtime and almost reminds me of something that swept through Europe in the 30's. Censorship like this should not be allowed.
Brilliant post. I'm an erotic author with an indie publisher and I guessing it's only a matter of time. All my books were pulled the last time somebody got a bug up their pants. They were eventually reinstated as none of them had the big baddies in them - but was there compensation for lost revenue? Was there even an apology?Tweeted. FB Shared. Google+
Sounds like the market is wide open now for an enterprising digital publishing company. If Kobo doesn't want the titles, perhaps another company will?